Actor Larry Hagman passed away yesterday at the age of 81 after complications from cancer, according to his official website. Hagman is perhaps best known for his role as Major Nelson in the 1960’s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie and his villainous role as J.R. Ewing in the TV drama Dallas. He also appeared in notable films like Fail Safe, Nixon, and Primary Colors during a career that lasted more than five decades. Hagman’s family released a statement on his official site, which you can read below:

Larry was back in his beloved Dallas re-enacting the iconic role he loved most.
Larry's family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday.
When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for.

Hagman had been involved in acting up until his death after reprising his role as J.R. Ewing when Dallas was revived earlier in the year.

"I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking and, in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever," I Dream of Jeannie co-star, Barbara Eden, said in a Facebook post. "...I, like many others, believed he had beat cancer and yet we are reminded that life is never guaranteed."

Hagman is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

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[via Larry Hagman, CNN, Facebook]